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Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
When: Sunday, December 9, 1:00 PM. ET.
The Cleveland Browns will be trying to bounce back from their loss to the Houston Texans when they take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
Panthers Trying To Four-Game Losing Streak
The Panthers got off to a great start this season, but they have struggled over the last month, losing their last four games. They will be trying to bounce back from the slump and get back into the thick of the NFC playoff race with a win over the Browns. However, they will need to play better than they have in recent weeks to get the win.
Cam to Funchess for the score! pic.twitter.com/TKlj05tuA0
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 2, 2018
Carolina is averaging 25.3 points per game. Cam Newton has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 2,999 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also has 450 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.
Christian McCaffrey has done a great job on the ground for the Panthers, leading the team with 863 yards and five touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving with 80 catches for 663 yards and six touchdowns.
The team got some bad news with tight end Greg Olsen expected to miss the remainder of the season. With Olsen out, expect to see Ian Thomas get a lot of playing time for the Panthers.
Defensively, the Panthers have struggled over the past month, bringing their season average to 25.5 points per game. The defense will need to get back to the way they were playing at the start of the season if they want to avoid their fifth consecutive loss.
Browns Looking For Third Win In Four Games
It has been years since the Cleveland Browns had an opportunity to win three games in four contests, but here we are this season. The Browns have exceeded expectations thanks to the play of their young stars and they will try to finish up the season on a high note and give themselves something to build towards next season.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 2, 2018
The Browns had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Texans in their last game and will try to get back on track against the struggling Panthers.
Offensively, the Browns are averaging 22.2 points per game. Baker Mayfield has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,639 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Nick Chubb has also been impressive and leads the team with 694 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, the Browns are giving up 26 points per game. They have given up 24.5 points per game in their last two games and need to play better if they want to get the win on Sunday.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Browns have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games following an ATS loss and four of their last five games after giving up more than 150 rushing yards in their previous game. The Panthers have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last six road games and their last four overall.
Prediction: Cleveland Browns +2
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone under in four of Carolina’s last five road games and in four of the team’s last five games after an ATS loss. The total has also gone under in six of Cleveland’s last eight games following an ATS loss and in 14 of the team’s last 19 home games.
Prediction: Under 47.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Panthers are averaging 25.3 points per game this season and they should be able to go over 24.5 points in this game because the Browns are giving up 26 points per game.
Prediction: Panthers – Total Points Over 24.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Browns will win the first half because they have outplayed the Panthers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 14 points per game while the Panthers average nine points per game.
Prediction: Cleveland Browns +0.5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Browns and Panthers are combining for 25 points per game in the first half of their last three games, and they should be able to go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current pace.
Prediction: Over 23.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The Browns are playing well right now, averaging 14 points per game in the first half of their last three games. They will go over 11.5 in the first half because the Panthers are struggling on defense and are giving up 12.3 points in the first half of their last three games.
Prediction: Browns – 1st Half Total Points Over 11.5